Part two of a three-part series answering the most frequently asked questions
about LASIK eye surgery.
The decision to undergo
laser eye surgery
is not one to take lightly. The human eyes are extremely intricate and
very delicate. Your vision is essential to quality of life. While
LASIK eye surgery
has been tested and performed successfully millions of times for over
15 years, it’s important to have all of your questions answered
before you commit to going under the laser.
LASIK stands for laser assisted in-situ keratomileusis, and is a vision
correction surgery used to correct refractive errors such as nearsightedness,
farsightedness and astigmatism. Laser eye surgery corrects vision by reshaping
the cornea of the eye so light is properly focused on the retina, providing
clear vision. LASIK is just one form of laser vision correction surgery.
Do you have questions about LASIK? You aren’t alone. Prior to undergoing
LASIK eye surgery, it’s important to understand what to expect during
and after surgery.
These are some of the most frequently asked questions about the LASIK
eye surgery procedure:
Is the procedure painful?
Patients undergoing LASIK eye surgery will be given eye drops as a local
anesthetic. The procedure usually lasts no longer than 20 minutes, and
due to the cornea’s extraordinary bonding qualities, no stitches
or patches are required. Some LASIK patients are concerned the laser used
may burn their eyes. Lasers used in LASIK and other laser vision correction
surgeries are considered "cold" lasers, and will not burn the
surface of the eye.
What should I expect following LASIK eye surgery?
After surgery, your eye will be shielded with protective goggles overnight.
Plan to have someone drive you home from surgery. You will rest your eyes
overnight and return to see your doctor the following morning and follow
up at regular intervals in the months following surgery.
After undergoing LASIK eye surgery, your eyes will be dry, although you
may not feel as though they are. Your doctor will prescribe eye drops
to keep your eyes moist and to prevent discomfort and inflammation. Vision
may be hazy or blurry for the first few hours after surgery, but most
patients will notice improved vision within the first few days following surgery.
LASIK eye surgery is not for everyone, but millions of patients have undergone
successful vision correction surgery with LASIK. To find out if you are
a candidate for LASIK surgery, contact Key-Whitman to
schedule a free consultation
Do you have other questions about LASIK? Ask us in the comments below,
or on our